Logz.io’s trace exporter for OpenTelemetry allows you to ship distributed traces to Logz.io from different APM (Application Performance Management/Monitoring) agents, such as Jaeger, Zipkin, and so on.

This topic explains how to install the OpenTelemetry Collector. For an overview of the process to send traces to Logz.io, see Getting started with Logz.io Distributed Tracing.

OpenTelemetry components

The OpenTelemetry Collector pipeline has the following main components:

  • Receivers are used to gather data from your environment (pull-based) or receive it from external sources (push-based). Your system must have at least one receiver configured. Receivers are typically HTTP/gRPC endpoints or daemon-like processes.
  • Processors are used at various stages of your pipeline to pre-process data before exporting it. Processors may be used to modify attributes or sample the data. This component is used to ensure that your data successfully makes it through a pipeline.
  • Exporters are used to send data to your designated tracing (or metrics, or logging) backends/destinations. Your system must have at least one exporter configured to move data from collector to backend.

OpenTelemetry also includes extensions for additional functionality, such as diagnostics and health checks for components contributed by the community, such as the Logz.io exporter, as well as a dedicated collector.

Deploy OpenTelemetry Collector with Logz.io Exporter

Create a Docker network

Run the following command to create a Docker network:

docker network create net-logzio

To enable communication between the collector and the agent, include the name of the network you create in this step (for example, net-logzio) in the config file for each component.

Pull the opentelemetry-collector-contrib image:
docker pull otel/opentelemetry-collector-contrib:0.17.0
Create a config file to mount to the container.

The config file must include the required components for the OpenTelemetry Collector - receivers, processors, exporters, services and optional extensions. You can use this config file as a starting point, with the Logz.io exporter parameters, below.

Parameter Description
ACCOUNT_TOKEN (Required) The Logz.io token for your Distributed Tracing account. Required when you use the collector to ship traces to Logz.io. Replace <ACCOUNT_TOKEN> with the token of the Distributed Tracing account you want to send data to. How do I look up my Distributed Tracing account token?
REGION DEFAULT: Blank (US East) Your two-letter Logz.io account region code. Defaults to US, required only if your Logz.io region is different than US. You can find your region code in the Available regions table.
CUSTOM_LISTENER_ADDRESS Custom traces endpoint, for dev. This optional parameter overrides the region parameter. You can find your Listener Address in the Available regions table.
Save the file as config.yaml.
Deploy the OpenTelemetry collector and mount the config file you saved.
docker run -p 7276:7276 -p 8888:8888 -p 9943:9943 -p 55679:55679 -p 55680:55680 -p 9411:9411 \
    -v config.yaml:/etc/otel-collector-config.yaml:ro \
    --name logzio-collector otel/opentelemetry-collector-contrib:0.5.0 \  ## In the collector configuration, the --name attribute specifies the <<collector name>> used to run the collector. In this example, the <<collector-name>> is "logzio-collector"
        --config /etc/otel-collector-config.yaml
Run a working example.

For a complete working example, you can run this docker compose file for the Logz.io Hotrod demo application.

  1. Download the docker compose file.

  2. Edit the Account Token and the other necessary parameters, according to the parameters listed in step 3, above.
  3. Run docker-compose up.
  4. Head to to trigger the event that will generate and send traces to your Logz.io account.
Check the Distributed Tracing tab for your traces.

Give your traces some time to get from your system to ours, then check the Distributed Tracing tab in Logz.io to see the traces in the Jaeger UI.

To learn more about tracing instrumentation, see Instrumentation recommendations and resources.